Ascent of Dearborn County High Point on 2013-08-14

Climber: John Hasch

Others in Party:Fred Lobdell
Date:Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dearborn County High Point
    Elevation:1040 ft / 316 m

Ascent Trip Report

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Wednesday, 8/14/2013

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It was still early in the day, so we set our sights on Ripley County and
Dearborn County. We drove to Ripley County first, but no one was home at the
time. We were, however, greeted by a bellowing adult beagle that certainly
would have gotten the attention of anyone who was home. We did not want to
enter the gated pasture of cows without attempting to get the owner's consent,
so we decided to visit nearby Dearborn County. We would return to Ripley County
once the neighbor had been visited.

From Jefferson County contours #5 and #6, we followed our GPS about 12mi back to
our starting point of the day. That was the intersection of US 50 and US 421
back in Versailles, IN. Several routes will get you there, with none
particularly more attractive than any other. From that intersection, drive east
on US 50 for about 6.7mi, and turn left (north) on IN 101. In about 8.7mi, the
highway makes a right turn. Continue on IN 101 for another 5.7mi after bending
back north, through the town of Sunman. You will come to a large farm complex
on the left, complete with a split drive for access from the north and from the
south. You will also notice several antique, but freshly painted, tractors that
represent several eras in farming.

This is the location of the Ripley County highpoint. From this location, you
can easily drive to the Dearborn County highpoint. Return south on IN 101 for
0.2mi, and turn left (east) on Co Rd 1200N, which is also signed as N Schneider
Rd. Drive east, and then northeast, for 1.2mi to E Co Rd 1300N. Turn right
(southeast), and drive 0.4mi to 5 Point Rd. Turn right (southeast), and drive
1.1mi to Fackler Rd. Turn right (south), and drive 0.4mi to the north edge of
a large woods on the right. Park on the dirt track that heads east between the
woods and the field.

Fred and I hiked west along the track between the woods and the field. After
about 0.12mi, we noted a very slight rise, followed shortly thereafter by a
gentle fall . This is where the contour protrudes from the woods out into the
field. Fred and I felt that the slope of rise and fall was so slight that the
highpoint did not lie in the field. We turned our attention to the larger area
that was inside the woods.

We entered the woods and wandered about for quite a while, stepping on any bumps
of interest. We did not find any definitive highpoint, so future visitors are
left to their own judgment about where to walk and what is the location of the
highest ground.

We discovered an east-west dirt road that was roughly in the middle of the
woods. This road led to the homes that lie off of Fackler Rd. Everything south
of this road appeared to be lower in elevation, so we ignored it by inspection.
We walked back to our cars satisfied that we had walked over the highpoint
somewhere in the woods.
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